Thirty years ago, the notion of creating foreign-brand vehicles here in the United States was unheard of. Honda, being the pioneering automaker it is, decided to mix things up and give the practice a try. As workers erected the Marysville, Ohio plant and set production cogs in motion, skeptics sneered and waited for the facility to fail. Of course, we all know it never did. In fact, the groundbreaking U.S.-based Honda plant is still alive and celebrates its 30th anniversary today.
Which new Honda model was the first to be built within our walls? The Ohio plant rolled out its initial American-made Honda Accord in 1982. Since that revolutionary day, the Accord has become one of the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. and automakers across the board have followed in Honda's footsteps.
John Voorhorst, a consultant and retired executive of auto-parts supplier Denso, says, "Once (Honda) had the trial by fire and came through, clearly, it emboldened others. It was the opening of the floodgates."1
For those enthusiasts who would like to learn more about Honda and its history here in the United States, we invite you to stop by Sunnyside Honda at 7700 Pearl Rd. Middleburg Hts., OH 44130 and speak to one of our knowledgeable team members. Still a bit skeptical of American-made Japan-brand vehicles yourself? Feel free to test drive the Accord or any other Honda model on our lot. Simply contact us online ahead of time to set up an appointment or drop by our convenient location anytime.